Alfred Pease Annual Concert

Event Information

Steinway Hall

Price: $1; $.50 extra reserved

Record Information


Last Updated:
17 November 2015

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

19 Jan 1867, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Camille Urso was scheduled to perform in this concert but was caught in a snow storm traveling from Boston to New York. She was replaced by Matilda Toedt. (Pease's Berceuse, advertised and listed below, was not performed.)

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Far from gay Paris
Composer(s): Verdi
aka Sing, smile, sleep; Chantez, riez, dormez; Canti, ridi, dormi; Serenade; Berceuse
Composer(s): Gounod
Participants:  Signor Severini
Composer(s): Niedermeyer
Text Author: Lamartine
Participants:  Louis Niedermeyer
aka Ave Maria; Ellens dritter Gesang; Hymne an die Jungfrau; Serenade
Composer(s): Schubert
Text Author: Scott
Participants:  Marietta Gazzaniga
Composer(s): Pease
Participants:  Camilla Urso
Composer(s): Godfrey


Advertisement: New York Herald, 19 January 1867.
Announcement: New York Post, 19 January 1867.

“Should call out a good audience.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 19 January 1867.
Review: New York Herald, 20 January 1867, 5.

“Mr. Alfred Pease’s annual concert took place at Steinway Hall last night, and was attended by a very good audience. This promising young pianist is one of our best bravura players, and by his perseverance and steady attention to his art is constantly improving and advancing himself. His style is certainly not adapted to classic music; but in his own light, brilliant compositions it is unrivalled. He was assisted by Madame Gazzaniga, Mlle. Toedt and Messrs. Severini and Colby. Camille Urso was on the bill, but was detained by the snow storm on her route from Boston.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 22 January 1867.

“Mr. Alfred Pease’s concert on Friday [sic] evening was chiefly remarkable for the reappearance of Madame Gazzaniga, whose distinguished ability in opera is so well known. To Niedermayer’s romance, ‘Le Lac,’ she gave a beautiful rendering; but we cannot speak so well of her encore choice, the ‘Ave Maria’ of Schubert. This is one of the most spiritual of songs—it is emotional and not dramatic; but Madame Gazzaniga, like so many donnas of her school (and she is one of the best of them), is nothing if not dramatic. Hence Schubert’s song was unnaturally agitated, and was concluded with a long high note, which, of course, the composer never intended. The place of Camille Urso in the programme was gracefully supplied by Miss Matilda Toedt, another young lady violinist; and Signor Severini sang with a sweetness unusual to him, Gounod’s delicate Serenade. The Berceuse of Mr. Pease, one of the most meritorious of his piano compositions, was a feature of the concert. ”